‘Scream VI’ Directors Discuss Life Without Sidney Prescott

by Thomas Tuna

The show–and the screaming–must go on.

Scream VI–the latest entry in the fan-favorite slasher franchise–lands in theaters March 10, 2023 without star “final girl” Sidney Prescott, played by series veteran Neve Campbell. So, how did the sixth installment in the Scream universe deal with that loss?

Returning directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (along with their Radio Silence partner Chad Villella) recently told Total Film they didn’t go into the new film worried about the change in casting. “I wouldn’t say worried,” Villella said. “But, we are massive fans of Neve Campbell and what Sidney Prescott is in the Scream universe.”

Villella added the filmmakers “played the hand we were dealt. And we’re very, very proud of the movie we made, and the way the entire cast bonded and came together on this new one. And creating that thing and keeping that family element alive was very important to us.”

Both Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett said there is always a chance that Campbell could return to the franchise, but they added they enjoyed exploring the characters at the center of the new storyline.

Scream VI–written by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick–brings back veterans Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Courteney Cox, Hayden Panettiere, Jasmin Savoy Brown and Mason Gooding–along with newcomers Dermot Mulroney, Jack Champion, Liana Liberato, Devyn Nekoda, Josh Segarra and Henry Czerny.

The new film–as the recently released teaser trailer showed–follows the four survivors of the last Ghostface killings as they arrive in New York City. Manhattan’s streets–and subways–have never been this dangerous.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on Scream VI.


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